And leave it to Scuba Santa to do it in spectacularly grand style. Not satisfied to simply arrive via sleigh, Santa wants to make a real “splash” this year. From the moment he arrives at in the heart of Philadelphia from an express train from the North Pole, to a thrilling boat ride across the river to the Camden Waterfront, to his eventual arrival at Adventure Aquarium on top of a big, red fire engine – greeted by hoards of screaming fans no less! – Scuba Santa wants to be absolutely certain that everyone knows he has arrived for the 2012 holiday season!
Scuba Santa’s day of festivities kick off when he arrives via the 7:30 am train into 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. From there, he will make his way around the City for a bit of sightseeing and errands, including stops at Love Park, Reading Terminal Market (to buy – among other things – broccoli for Bob the Loggerhead Sea Turtle!) and the Independence Visitor Center.
Scuba Santa’s official escort from the City of Philadelphia to the Camden Waterfront and Adventure Aquarium? None other than the Camden Fire Department, who will pick up Scuba Santa from Penn’s Landing at 10:15 am to transport him on their fire boat – complete with water cannons that shoot water 20 feet (!) into the air; and then on land…a big, red fire engine to take him from the Marina to the Aquarium entrance!
Meanwhile, at Adventure Aquarium, a welcoming committee including Camden Mayor Dana Redd, kiddos and Annual Passholders will be ready to greet Scuba Santa with homemade signs and cheers. The event culminates with Santa heading inside the Aquarium where he will inject a bit of Christmas “magic” into the day, making it snow – INSIDE! – to kick off Gill’s Holiday Dance Party. Followed by Scuba Santa’s very first dive at Adventure Aquarium for the 2012 season!
Snap a photo of Scuba Santa around the city of Philadelphia and share it with us on Twitter @AdventureAqua. That afternoon, one lucky entry will win a 4-pack of tickets to Adventure Aquarium to experience our Christmas Celebration. Be sure to include the hash tag #ScubaSanta with your tweet.
Want to spot Scuba Santa? Here is a full list of his Philly appearances: 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, LOVE Park, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Independence Visitor Center and Penn’s Landing.